Believed to help hundreds of different kinds of ailments, every vendor was selling this pungent bright yellow powder in India. Used in curries, stews and broths for centuries, its bitter flavor and amazing colour sets it apart from the rest!
An ancient root prized highly for its medicinal properties. Why is turmeric such a valued herb? IT’S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK!
As the Indians and other cultures discovered in ancient times, turmeric is a highly potent healing compound. It contains curcumin and it is THIS substance that accounts for turmeric’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
WHAT IS INFLAMATION DISEASE?
Inflammation is our body’s normal and healthy response to injury or attack on the immune system. We all need a bit of inflammation in our body. We wouldn’t be able to survive without our healing “inflammation response”. It is what helps to heal wounds and sickness. Inflammation on the surface of the body is commonly described as heat, redness, swelling and pain. However, too much of inflammation causes harm to our body. Chronic low level inflammation at the cellular level-known as the “silent killer” develops without pain and can lead to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
But why? Well, because most people are raised on a diet high in processed foods, laced with artificial chemicals and mostly stripped of its nutritional value. Because our soils have been depleted and even healthy food isn’t able to provide the nutrition and immune boosting power it once did. It is because of the toxins in our food, in the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Even for the most health-conscious amongst us, our bodies are in constant fight. From our lungs to our gut, this chronic inflammation can create lasting and sometimes permanent damage to our bodies and immune system.
TURMERIC, THE MOST POTENT HEALING HERB ON EARTH
Curcumin has become one of the most studied and natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in history with over 5600 research studies on the subject. The most recent studies have shown that turmeric and curcumin have properties that set it apart from many other traditional herbal and medicinal plants. Its unique anti-inflammatory action has proven as effective as other medications for treating high inflammation conditions.
(Ref – Bundy R, Walker AF, Middleton RW, Booth J.)
Turmeric extract may improve irritable bowel syndrome symptomology in otherwise healthy adults: a pilot study.
(Itokawa H, Shi Q, Akiyama T, Morris-Natschke SL, Lee KH.)
Recent advances in the investigation of curcuminoids.
(Chin Med. 2008 Sep 17;3:11 Nagabhushan M, Bhide SV. )
Nonmutagenicity of curcumin and its antimutagenic action versus chili and capsaicin. Nutr Cancer. 1986; 8(3): 201-10.
On its own, Turmeric is definitely something to include in your diet to decrease chronic inflammation.
Our 5 year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. The entire database of 1585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded from our turmeric document page. Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications including Lipitor(A 2008 study published in the journal of R & D ) Corticosteroids (A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research) Prozac (A 20111 study published in Acta Poloniae journal) and so many more.
– Sumit Nanda, co-founder of EGA Juice Bar –
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